Yesterday, I had the pleasure of an extensive walk-through of Steward Manor with fellow historian and former resident Jim Smart. Just one of many little details we discovered is this clear date stamp near the front leg of the old blue mailbox on Parkside Dr.
After noticing the condition of the mailbox about a year ago, I suspected that it was likely the same box that had been there all throughout my childhood in the 1980s—the same one that can be seen in the Super 8 home movie clip a few posts back. Seeing the 1960 stamp on its side likely confirms this. Moreover, it’s probably safe to assume that this is the only mailbox that has ever been in Steward Manor.
Details like that are fascinating to me, for whatever reason. I think of just how many people have lived at Steward Manor since 1960, and how many letters they mailed over the course of 50+ years. Christmas cards… love letters… pen pal notes to friends who’d moved away. If they mailed it from Steward Manor, they likely dropped it into this old mailbox.